For Clergy

This page contains resources for clergy and other parish leaders.

Workshop Schedule
(Safeguarding Workshops, Anti Racism Training, Prevention of Domestic Violence)

Characteristics of Vital Congregations
The Diocese of Massachusetts has offered this gift to the wider church as way to see just what are the characteristics of a vital congregation. Download and read Characteristics of Vital Congregations (Adobe PDF).

Welcoming the Stranger
A pastoral letter addressing the need for comprehensive immigration reform
Dear People of God in the Diocese of Maryland,
As our nation continues its troubled and hesitant course toward addressing issues of immigration, we have prepared a pastoral letter that can be used as a teaching document in our churches, to remind all of us of the biblical values and imperatives that should guide our treatment of newcomers and sojourners.
Welcoming the Stranger (Summary)
Welcoming the Stranger (Complete with Appendices)

Acogiendo al Extrangero
Sumario de la Carta Pastoral sobre Inmigración
Estimado Pueblo de Dios en la Diócesis de Maryland, A como nuestra nación continua su curso preocupado y vacilante al dirigirse a los asuntos de inmigración, hemos preparado una carta pastoral que se puede usar como un documento de enseñanza en nuestras iglesias, para recordarnos a todos de los valores bíblicos e imperativos que debían guiar nuestro tratamiento de recién llegados y forasteros.
Sumario de la Carta Pastoral sobre Inmigración
Acogiendo al Extrangero: Carta Pastoral de la Diócesis de Maryland

Guidelines for Blessing Same-Sex Marriages or Unions
These guidelines are for the clergy of the Diocese of Maryland in keeping with Resolution CO56 of the 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church that states that bishops “may provide generous pastoral responses to meet the needs of members of this Church,” and that we “honor the theological diversity of this Church in regard to matters of human sexuality.”
Guidelines for Blessing a Sacred Union

Guidelines for Confirmation
Confirmation services are an integral and important part of our diocesan life together. During this service, family and friends gather to witness an individual’s mature, adult commitment to faith and promises made for them at baptism. The ceremony and presence of the bishop accentuate the gifts and importance of our Episcopal tradition. Review diocesan standards for confirmation here: Confirmation Guidelines

Licensing Requirements for Clergy
Clergy called to serve in a congregation of the Diocese of Maryland are licensed upon receipt of a signed Letter of Agreement. Any cleric not canonically resident in the Diocese and wishing to provide supply services or to work regularly in a congregation in any capacity – either as deacon, long-term supply, or sabbatical supply – must be licensed. Clergy wishing to officiate at a wedding in the Diocese need not be licensed; it is, however, customary for the cleric to write to the Bishop with information about the wedding. Licensing Requirements for Clergy

Liturgical Practices During the Flu Season
We offer these guidelines for contact during worship and especially around the Holy Eucharist: Guidelines for Liturgical Practices in the Flu Season

Continuing Education Grants for Ministry
The Continuing Education Committee of the Diocese of Maryland provides grants to further education for the Christian ministry of diocesan laity and clergy. Grant requests should reflect a carefully considered program of continuing education to enhance personal participation in ministry while strengthening ministries of the congregation and the Diocese.
Grants for Ministry Guidelines
Grants for Ministry Application

Clergy Transitions